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Obwaka found not guilty of charges

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ROGERS CITY — Rev. Syvestre Obwaka was found not guilty of two criminal sexual conduct charges on Thursday, following approxmiately two hours of jury deliberation. After the verdicts were read, Obwaka said “Jesus thank you,” as he was embraced by family and friends. Obwaka was ...

A day for kids

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz A group of children, with the aid of adults and teens, fish for brown trout in Culligan Plaza during the annual Alpena Optimist Club kids fishing day event.

Peters seeks to extend comment period

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Sen. Gary Peters and 19 of his colleagues have sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce requesting an extension to the public comment period over an executive order by the Trump administration that could impact marine sanctuaries, including the Thunder Bay National Marine ...

Taking in the view

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News Photo by Jordan Spence Andrew Honeycutt, 11, of California sits on top of a jungle gym Thursday at Lakeside Park in Rogers City. Honeycutt was visiting from California to see his grandparents.

Obwaka trial continues

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ROGERS CITY — Three witnesses testified in person Wednesday during the second day of the CSC trial of Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka. Before the trial continued in 53rd Circuit Court, Judge Scott Pavlich made a decision about whether the victim’s sexual orientation could be discussed. At ...

Obwaka found not guilty

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ROGERS CITY — A jury found Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka not guilty on two counts of criminal sexual conduct against a fellow priest Thursday after three days of testimony. Obwaka was charged on two counts of criminal sexual conduct in February. He was charged with a count of first degree ...

Calling all volunteers

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ALPENA — It takes the hard work and dedication of volunteers to make the Michigan Brown Trout Festival possible each summer in Alpena. Many of the volunteers have been involved with the festival for many years, but there also are some who are new and still learning what it takes to plan ...

43rd Annual Brown Trout Festival Standings

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∫ Brown Trout 1. Tim Weiczorkowski — 5.25 2. Adam Dziesinski —4.90 3. Jan Stepanski — 4.05 4. Tom Harman — 3.80 ∫ Walleye 1. Steve Vandernark — 7.80 2. Wayne Van Dyke — 7.25 3. Carl Hatala — 7.15 4. Romeo Boudage — 6.95 ∫ Steelhead 1. Scott Gagnon — ...

Brown Trout Festival Tent Events

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Small Tent Events ∫ Tonight Music by: Over the Hill Band 5-9 p.m. ∫ Friday Music by: Airstream 6-9 p.m. ∫ Saturday Music by: Birch Road Band 6-10 p.m. Big Tent Events ∫ Tonight Teen Night! with DJ Darrel Kelly 8-11 p.m. No backpacks, 17 and under Admission: $5 ...

Snow selected to continue as APS board president

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ALPENA — The officers for the Alpena Public Schools Board of Education were nominated and chosen during the board’s meeting Monday. Gordon Snow is president, vice president is Dan Florip, treasurer is Mike Barnett and secretary is Lorie Kneeshaw. The board also approved the state ...

APS hires high school principal

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The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Thomas Berriman as Alpena High School principal during Monday's school board meeting. He will begin at AHS on Aug. 2. Berriman most recently was principal and superintendent of the Byron Center Charter School, a position he ...

Finance recommends hiring another full-time veterans counselor

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ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee voted to recommend to the full board hiring an additional full-time veterans counselor. The county has attempted to hire a part-time counselor for months with little success and the hope is boosting the pay and hours will ...

One of the best places to retire in US

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ALPENA — Alpena has many amenities that are attractive for people who decide to settle down and start a family. It also has been recognized as a place people are choosing to move to after retirement. In the April 24 issue of Time Magazine Alpena was listed as one of the top 100 ...

Big Brownie caught

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ALPENA — No exaggerated fish tale here. For the first time in the 43-year history of the Michigan Brown Trout Festival, the $25,000 tagged Big Brownie has been caught for the money. The team of Jan Stepanski and Robert Westenbarger, both of Alpena, reeled in the prize-winning brown trout ...

Brown Trout Standings

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∫ Brown Trout 1. Tim Weiczorkowski — 5.25 2. Jan Stepanski — 4.05 3. Tom Harman — 3.80 4. Robert Westenbarger— 3.70 ∫ Walleye 1. Steve Vandernark — 7.80 2. Wayne Van Dyke — 7.25 3. Carl Hatala — 7.15 4. Romeo Boudage — 6.95 ∫ Steelhead 1. Scott Gagnon ...

Brown Trout Events

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Small Tent Events ∫ Tonight Music by: MLM Trio 6-10 pm. ∫ Thursday Music by: Over the Hill band 5-9 p.m. Big Tent Events ∫ Tonight Honoring our Veteran’s Night Tent opens at 6 p.m. Free BBQ and hats for veterans, color guard, Alpena City Band. Chance to win ...

CSC case against RC priest begins

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ROGERS CITY — The alleged victim in the trial of Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka was the first person to take the stand during the opening day of the trial Tuesday. The trial began about an hour after jury selection was finished in 53rd Circuit Court with Judge Scott Pavlich. Obwaka was charged ...

Bi-path collapses over weekend

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ALPENA — City of Alpena engineering, Department of Public Works and building officials were busy assessing damage and considering repair options for a 480 foot portion of bi-path which collapsed over the weekend. There also are sections of the boardwalk that have buckled and repairs are ...

RC council approves new rules for Lakeside Park courts

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ROGERS CITY — Rules of use for the Lakeside Park basketball courts were approved at the City of Rogers City Council meeting Tuesday. Before the regular meeting there was a workshop with the public to discuss the specifics of the regulations. “Where we’re at today is we can ...

Council discusses new two-way traffic plan

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ALPENA — Even though Alpena Municipal Council didn’t vote on an updated two-way traffic design plan for Second Avenue downtown, when it does, the vote could be close. On Monday City Engineer Rich Sullenger provided council details on the updated design that would incorporate more ...